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Clapping on Shabbos and Yom-Tov

From: Chabad.AM Editorial Staff    
2004-09-26 09:49:16

The Shulchan Aruch records the following rulings: "One may not clap...nor dance... [on Shabbos and Yom-Tov].... The reason that no objection is raised nowadays when people do clap and dance is that ’it is better that they should act innocently [i.e., out of ignorance, than that they should act willfully]....’ Some authorities hold that in our times this is all permissible...."

It is the custom among chassidim (and this we have seen among the Rebbeim of Chabad) to clap and dance on Shabbos and Yom-Tov. The deep-rooted reason for this may be explained as follows. Since we are coming ever closer to the arrival of Mashiach, we follow the custom of David, the King Mashiach, of whom it is written, "And David leaped about before G-d with all his strength."

Likkutei Sichos, Vol. I, p. 230

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